Connecting to Digital Signage Management Tools
How to connect to ACES digital signage management tools (FourWinds)
Connecting to Signs
Signs are managed using the Four Winds Interactive software that is hosted on a Technology Services terminal server.
Note: You must be given access by Technology Services in order to connect to and use this software.
To begin, use an RDP client such as Windows Remote Desktop to open a connection to the server.
If you use Windows, go to the Start menu and type in "Remote Desktop Connection". The program should appear at the top.
If you use Mac OS, go to the app store to download and use "Microsoft Remote Desktop".
The address of the server is
The server uses standard campus Active Directory credentials in the format UOFI\NetID. On first login, a user profile will be created.
If this is your first time connecting to the server you'll need to follow the directions below to configure Content Manager to use the UofI database.
1. Launch FWi Content Manager by double-clicking the icon on the desktop. It's labeled “Content Manager Desktop”
2. Wait for the program to launch and then close it.
3. Double-click the "FWi Setup" icon on the desktop
4. A window will pop up and eventually prompt you for a response. Type "Y" followed by hitting <enter>. The window will close when it's finished running.
You're now ready to use FWi Content Manger! You can reopen Content Manager to start editing your sign(s).
Upon login to the terminal server, a drive "S:\" will be mapped to the digital signage fileshare. Access to the folders within the fileshare is based upon the departmental signage security groups.
In order to place content for use in a sign users may want to connect to the digital signage file share directly from there workstation. To do this they can use the following path along with there Campus AD credentials.
For PC users: \\digisign-fs.cites.illinois.edu\data\College of ACES\
For Mac users: smb://digisign-fs.cites.illinois.edu\data\College of ACES\